The Religious Nature of my Genealogy
By Kenneth Green
I am in love with the genealogy career field. The way I came upon it is the nature of today’s article. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is no hidden secret that we are very into genealogy. We have the most extensive genealogy archives in the world. We have spent millions as a church to aid genealogy around the world. Genealogy is an actual calling in the church. I am proud to be a Church Service Missionary with the Photo Tagging Dept; I’m pleased to be a Gospel Principles instructor, I am proud to be the Executive Secretary of my ward. But the calling as a Temple and Family History consultant is equally as important and sacred as the others. I became a genealogy nut due to religious beliefs, but I have shied away from talking about that.
Why I care about Genealogy so much!
I decided to talk about this today as today we lay to rest President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As I write this, i am watching the funeral for this great man. I am reminded of his tremendous legacy, but also of our Heavenly father’s plan. We believe that our father has a plan to save all those who choose to be. No matter your religion on earth this day, we believe that if you decide too whether here or in the afterlife, you can be redeemed. We believe that we can do some of this work posthumously for our ancestors and relatives who may not have had the chance to choose that plan in this life.
My love of Genealogy comes from my religious nature.
As I watch the family file into President Monson’s funeral how happy I am to know that we shall see him again. If I could do just ten percent of what he did in life, I’d feel okay with my life. I believe that my passion and love of genealogy has come from the simple fact of my love for the savior. We believe that the spirit of Elijah inspired this promised in the biblical book of Malachi.
And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6 (NKJV)
Genealogy is a comfort!
I feel at times that genealogy is not just an industry. It’s not only a career field or discipline to learn in a school. It is a comfort. When I look at my family chart and I see all of my relatives, and I see pictures, etc. I remember these are people. People who I love, and people who have lived precious lives on this earth. Our time on earth is so short and tenable. We can leave this planet at any time, and I take comfort that maybe when I do leave this earth, i will be remembered. That my descendants will know of me, and my goals in life, and why I strive to do what I do. This is why I love genealogy so much. This is why it’s so important to me.
The study of genealogy is the study of lives. It is connecting with our loved ones and families. It is living for them and striving to carry on their work and legacy. I pray you find the sacred religious nature of genealogy as I have! I hope you have enjoyed this article and been able to see my passion a little bit!